Milwaukee 2830-20 M18 FUEL Review
- High power output with 50% more battery efficiency.
- It can do 570 cuts in a single charge.
- All metal base, shoe, and blade guard.
- Quick re-charging with a day’s runtime.
- The LED light is bright and works efficiently.
Blade Quality / Cutting Accuracy
The Milwaukee scores high marks in precision and cutting power combined. It packs a punch and can easily cut through with control and stability. It is equipped with an intelligent performance system that ensures smooth operation while also preventing overloading damage.
There might be a bit of a learning curve considering this is a left-bladed circular saw. But, frankly, it’s only a step up because it allows better and controlled movement with its 24-tooth framing, sharp blade.
The base comes with exact markings including the directional arrow to minimize any confusion. The bevel adjustment is easy and quick. You simply have to flip up the lever and tilt and lock the angle as soon as you find what you’re looking for.
Because it boasts of incredible adjustments, you can take on materials that require a little bit more attention and angling. I’d also like to point out that the markings on the machine are engraved, not tattooed so you don’t have to worry about the numbers fading.
Design / Durability
What really drives this amazing circular saw is the weight and ergonomics of the machine. The hefty rear handle takes most of the heat painlessly so you don’t have to. Everything from the blade guard to the bevel adjustment is conveniently designed.
This means long-term use without overheating or lagging. And the housing is designed to absorb impact and produce the least amount of friction and zero resistance.
I guess this also pardons the heavier weight of the machine compared with other cordless and corded circular saws.
The top handle is secure and useful, for sure. But it does lack the sturdiness that the rear handle and even the metal hook offers. So as a result, I end up spending less time with the top handle even though it has a great grip and is mounted well.
And since this is a corded circular saw, it drives at 5,800 RPM which is great for reaching higher speeds with no resistance and better control. Other features that complement the design quality of the Milwaukee 2830-20 are the vacuum adapter for the dust and chips blower, blade brake, and rafter hook.
The battery, though it functions powerfully and consistently, can heat up relatively quickly. So there’s a worry that it might worsen with time.
The Milwaukee does feature a dust blower and chip removal system. But it’s not as good as the Dewalt or Makita because it blows out at the sides. However, if you purchase the kit, the Milwaukee also offers a vacuum adapter which makes clean-up less time-consuming and distracting.
Lastly, considering this a rear handle circular saw, and that it’s corded electric, it is a bulky tool. The footprint of the design does occupy space but fortunately, the rear handle makes it easier to manage which is great news.
Ergonomics / Better Visibility
The LED light deserves a separate mention on its own. The Milwaukee features an LED light on its blade which allows better and brighter cutting angles from where you’re handling the rear handle. You can easily mark your cutting angles and spots easily without wasting too much time.
You know what this means, don’t you? Fewer accidents, no blade detents, and more organized cutting performance. For someone who works mostly in low-light conditions or indoors, I’m happy to have the LED lights at my disposal – as will you.
Specification: Milwaukee 2830-20 M18 FUEL Review